Few things trigger a fond memory like the aroma of a favorite dish from family gatherings or childhood.
Home Instead Senior Care is encouraging families to prepare and share those familiar foods with an older loved one and enter the recipes in a contest.
The program, which serves Anderson, Bullitt, Hardin, Henry, Franklin, Nelson, Owen, Scott, Shelby, Spencer and Woodford counties, has launched a program called Craving Companionship, which encourages families to find time to help their loved ones prepare the foods they've always loved, and enjoy those dishes with them. It's geared toward helping families support a nutritiously vulnerable population: older adults who live alone.
The Homemade Memories recipe contest runs through Sept. 15. Rules can be found at Mealsandcompanionship.com. Selected recipes and stories will be posted online and in the Homemade Memories Cookbook that will be available for purchase in time for the 2011 holiday season.
No gluten here
Restaurants are acknowledging the need for gluten-free fare, and you can sample some of their dishes at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 when Gluten Free Lexington holds its annual Vendors on Parade at Imani Baptist Church Family Life Center, 1555 Georgetown Road. Tickets are $20 for non- members, $12 for children 12 and younger.
Some of the participating restaurants are P.F Chang's, Bourbon n' Toulouse, Malone's, Great Harvest, Bonefish, Jonathan at Gratz Park, Fat Kats Pizzeria, The Melting Pot, I Ching, Puccini's, Carrabba's and Carino's Italian Restaurant.
Also, Nicole Pence, co-anchor of WLEX-18's Sunrise News, will share the story of her battle with gluten sensitivity.
The group provides support and guidance to those with celiac disease, gluten sensitivity or wheat allergies. Call Jan Falwell at (502) 542-9059 or go to Glutenfreelex.org. Good Foods Market & Café, 455 Southland Drive, has a variety of classes and events planned for September. Here's the lineup.
■ Meet local producers and sample their products during Sampling Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 3.
■ Ryan Koch, Seedleaf; Bob McKinley, In-Feed; and John Walker, Edible Garden Series, will lead a panel discussion on the basic techniques for saving seeds, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 12. $10.
■ Benita McCoy-Lyons will teach fresh preserving and home canning from 2 to 3 p.m. Sept. 17, and 7 to 8 p.m. Sept. 21 and 28. $25.
Call (859) 278-1813 or go to Goodfoods.coop.
International Bacon Day will be here soon
International Bacon Day is Sept. 3 and many of us will use that as a reason to eat more bacon.
Bacon Day was conceived in 2004 by a group of University of Colorado at Boulder graduate students. The Web site BaconAddicts.com will celebrate the event by giving away five bacon explosions — a bacon-stuffed, bacon-wrapped Italian sausage enhanced with a classic Kansas City style barbecue sauce and rub, then smoked low and slow in a special blend of oak and hickory wood. Each bacon explosion serves 12 and retails for $75.
BaconAddicts.com sells bacon chocolate, bacon brittle, bacon popcorn, bacon jerky, bacon coffee, bacon mayonnaise, bacon salt, bacon ketchup and bacon hot sauce.